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Pineville test scores increase by 3 points

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Pineville Independent School Board received word at their meeting Monday that several areas of standardized test scores have been on the rise from previous year’s scores including unofficial ACT scores which raised nearly 3 points.Dr. Robert Thomas from Eastern Kentucky University’s Math Initiative analyzed some official and unofficial scores from Pineville’s most recent testing cycles and presented his findings to the board.“Overall, the academic climate in the schools is good. We’re meeting our benchmarks, but we’d like it to go faster,” said Thomas.

 

Jobless rates down in 117 counties in June

FRANKFORT — Unemployment rates fell in 117 Kentucky counties between June 2013 and June 2014, while three county rates went up, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.Boone County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 5.5 percent. It was followed by Kenton County, 5.8 percent; Campbell, Larue and Woodford counties, 6 percent each; Caldwell and Shelby counties, 6.1 per...

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Appeals court upholds convictions in oil scamLOUISVILLE (AP) — A federal appeals court has upheld the convictions of two men who ran an oil-and-gas drilling scheme in which investors lost millions of dollars.The U.S. 6th Circuit Court of Appeals found no mistakes in the handling of the cases of 51-year-old former attorney Bryan Coffman and 60-year-old Tennessee businessman Gary Moss Milby. Both men were convicted in May 2011 of multiple charges of mail, wire and se...

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Bible Thought

I will rescue you…, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm.— Exodus 6:6

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The importance of worshipping God

When an important decision is in the works, we all wish we could hear a voice from heaven or have some solid assurance that we are doing the right thing. Sometimes our confirmation that we are on the right track comes in an overwhelming sense of peace. At other times, we may have friends and family who encourage us that we are headed in the right direction. Rarely, but definitely, there are times that God speaks to our heart in a way that we know only He can do.In the church world ...

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Why incumbents keep getting reelected

It’s no news that Congress is unpopular. In fact, at times it seems like the only real novelty on Capitol Hill would be a jump in its approval rating. In June, a Gallup poll found members’ standing with the American people at a historic low for a midterm-election year. Which might have been notable except, as The Washington Post pointed out, that “Congress’s approval rating has reached historic lows at least 12…times since 2010.”

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Experience already paying off for Bobcats

The Bell County Bobcats were a team very short on experience at this time last year. They had graduated a large class of seniors and were working against the clock to get unproven new starters ready at several key positions.It’s a different story this summer as the Bobcats return eight starters on offense and seven on defense along with several others who saw significant varsity action. Instead of using their practice time to get everyone up to speed on the basics, they’...

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Panthers will have new look on offense

HARROGATE, Tenn. — In the eleven years since the school came into existence, offensive football at Cumberland Gap has pretty well be synonymous with the spread formation. The school has produced it’s share of standout quarterbacks in a scheme designed to get the ball out quickly to four wide receivers and take advantage of inside running lanes.That scheme is going to change this season under the direction of Corey Russell, the first and greatest in that line of signal c...

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Construction ongoing at Commonwealth Stadium

LEXINGTON (AP) — The $110 million construction project at the University of Kentucky’s Commonwealth Stadium will continue through the upcoming football season with the goal of finishing renovations before the 2015 kickoff.UK Athletics project manager Russ Pear says construction crews will work until Thursday on game weeks before cleaning up the construction area and setting up temporary fencing by Saturday morning.Kentucky spokesman Tony Neely told the Lexing...

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‘Vision for Him’ event slated Friday, Saturday

The Wilderness Trail ATV Off-Road Park, located along U.S. 119, will play host to the Vision for Him event on Friday and Saturday. The event, which will consist of contemporary rock concerts and public speakers, is free of charge. There will also be free food and inflatables.On Friday, the event will begin at 5 p.m. and is scheduled to last until 11 p.m. On Saturday, the event will take place from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.“We’re just trying to spread a little hope a...

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Revis charged with drug trafficking

The Kentucky State Police arrested an Arjay man on Tuesday after allegedly finding about $6,000 in cash, guns and drugs inside his home.James E. Revis Jr., 40, was charged with first-, second- and third-degree trafficking a controlled substance, trafficking marijuana 8 ounces to 5 pounds and possession of drug paraphernalia.On Tuesday at 6:57 p.m., Kentucky State Police Post 10 troopers executed a search warrant at a residence on Wiser Branch Road in the Arjay community....

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Three-phase asphalt project begins today

FRANKFORT — Phase one of a three-phase asphalt resurfacing project will begin today at the K7 74/KY 2079 intersection along Cumberland Avenue in Middlesboro, closing the intersection at 3 p.m. through Aug. 7. Work will proceed on a 24/7 schedule until completion due to a asphalt resurfacing operation.During this closure, KY 2079 traffic will be detoured from Lothbury Avenue and 18th Street and KY 74 traffic will be detoured from 18th Street and 20th Street. Detour signs will ...

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Bell-Whitley helps create bathroom for family

Some people wish for a million of dollars. Shirley Mace simply wished for a handicap accessible bathroom for her husband. Bell-Whitley Community Action Agency helped that wish come true.“I think it’s a blessing from God,” said Mace. “It’s something that we probably would not have been able to get.”Shirley’s husband Michael Mace suffered from a hemorrhagic stroke, which has rendered him disabled. Michael said the neurologist from ...

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News in brief

Grimes jabs McConnell on jobs issue in new TV adLOUISVILLE (AP) — Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes went on the attack again Tuesday with a new TV ad featuring an out-of-work Appalachian coal miner who questions Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell’s commitment to job growth.The 30-second ad airing across Kentucky seeks to capitalize on McConnell’s off-the-cuff comments to an eastern Kentucky newspaper in the spring....

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Flying with kids? Be organized

I’m happy to announce I’m featured in American Airways magazine this month! With that good news I thought I’d write about flying with little ones. Now that vacation time in full swing and if you plan to fly with your kids, here are my top ten tips for happy flying… short of drugs.1. Be preparedDesignate a carry-on as the entertainment bag. Keep what’s in it a secret, bringing out surprises as the trip goes. Busy kids are happy kids. Bored on...

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Woolum to oversee Zandale Banking Center as branch manager

LEXINGTON — Traditional Bank welcomes Shawn Woolum as a branch manager and loan officer for its Lexington market. Woolum will oversee lending and deposit operations at the new Zandale Banking Center set to open this fall.Woolum is a Bell County native with 12 years of banking experience. He received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Union College and is a graduate of the KBA’s general banking school. Traditional Bank is an independent, community ...

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Main Street Pineville preps for KidsFest

Main Street Pineville has been hard at work preparing for what Director Jacob Roan hopes to be the best KidsFest yet. KidsFest is scheduled to take place on July 31.“We have a wonderful team who has helped to organize what I hope will be the best KidsFest to date,” said Roan. “The event will be a great end to the summer for children before they head back to school.”Roan says the focus has been on a family atmosphere and hopes to see smiling childr...

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WellCare responds to negative allegations

On Monday, representatives from WellCare released a statement to the Daily News in reference to some allegations made by local hospital CEOs during State Auditor Adam Edelen’s forum for rural hospitals. WellCare refuted statements made regarding re-credentials and preauthorization claims.“In accordance with the U.S. Government’s Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requirements, we re-credential our providers once every three years and notifications star...

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